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Litespeed Classic - 2003 vs. 1999 differences(5 posts)

Litespeed Classic - 2003 vs. 1999 differencesFez
Dec 20, 2002 8:22 AM
I have a riding buddy who can get a pristine, barely used Litespeed Classic 1999 (frame only). He was considering building this frame up versus buying a brand new 2003 Classic complete bike. This would be for long century rides.

Has the Litespeed Classic changed much in the last 4 years?

All I can think of are:
1. Decals
2. Curved chainstays
3. Headtube taller and now 1 and 1/8 (better front-end stiffness?)

Other than #3, does it still ride the same, or have they stiffened it up at all?
re: Litespeed Classic - 2003 vs. 1999 differencesmotta
Dec 20, 2002 8:42 AM
Never buy a current model year Lightspeed. Lightspeed is famous for whoring out last years models at really low prices and undercutting their dealer base. So why spend full retail when you can get a deal on last years frame or a closeout from a few years ago?
re: Litespeed Classic - 2003 vs. 1999 differencesFez
Dec 20, 2002 9:25 AM
He is well aware of the yearend closeouts. He is also looking at a 2002 closeout, which is at a decent price, but still more expensive than building up the 99 frame.

But the main reason for the post was that he was wondering if there has been any improvements to the model in the last 4 years besides the 1 and 1/8 headtube.
re: Litespeed Classic - 2003 vs. 1999 differencesJuanmoretime
Dec 20, 2002 9:43 AM
The Classic is classic, no curved stays, classic geometry and design. The only differences are the decals and the 1 and 1/8 headset. The ride will be the same. I have two Litespeeds one a 1" and the other 1 & 1/8", I honestly can't tell any difference between the two. If the price is right, tell your friend to go for it.
re: Litespeed Classic - 2003 vs. 1999 differencesFez
Dec 20, 2002 10:15 AM
the classic does have curved chainstays, but straight seat stays.

the curved chainstays may add more foot clearance, but i doubt it affects the ride.

not sure if the curved seat stays make any difference, besides looks, even though many other LS feature it.